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1 Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrew saved from the sea 1939-1945
Graham Pitchfork
304 pages; 5" x 7 3/4", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]
Using extensive research into official records held at The National Archives, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork describes the formation and evolution of Air Sea Rescue in response to wartime events. He reveals how aircrews were trained to act in crash scenarios, the survival equipment they used, and the different methods of possible rescue - by RAF or Royal Navy launches, by airborne lifeboats, or by aircraft such as the Lysander or specialist amphibious and flying boats. Many of these accounts are published for the first time - the result of new archival research or interviews with surviving members of the aptly named Goldfish Club. Useful maps, diagrams and over 80 previously unpublished official and private photographs complement this unique record of human resourcefulness and courage.

The second half of the book presents over 40 gripping, first-hand accounts of rescue and survival from the three main operational areas: north-west Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East:

*One fighter pilot with particularly bad luck had to bale out over the Adriatic three times in three weeks; amazingly, he was also successfully rescued each time
*Another came down in a minefield within range of the German guns at Calais; an amphibious aircraft still managed to pull off a daring rescue, dodging both mines and enemy fighters overhead.

About Author
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork is an aviation historian and defence consultant. During his 36 years in the RAF he served as navigator, commanded a Buccaneer squadron and, before retiring in 1995, was appointed a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. His previous books include the companion volume about land-based rescues Shot Down and on the Run (2003), The Buccaneers (2002) and Men behind the Medals (1998); he has also written numerous articles on aviation history.
615056 
Price: 17.95 USD

 

 

2 Shot Down and on the Run: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrews of WWII
Graham Pitchfork
The National Archives [United Kingdom]
These extraordinary true stories retell the experiences of British, Canadian, Australian and other Commonwealth airmen who survived behind enemy lines. Based on first-hand accounts and the little known official debriefs, they evoke both the heroic characters and the hostile terrain they endured including:
The Halifax pilot shot down in northern Germany who walked and cycled over 1000 miles to safety in Barcelona
The Wellington crew who were rescued after a 400-mile, 28-day trek through an African desert
The pilot officer who fell in love with a Dutch resistance fighter; she was betrayed and sent to Ravensbruck, yet both lived to get married after the war


Illustrated with rare photographs of evaders and their rescuers, the book also explores the organization and evasion by the shadowy Military Intelligence body MI9.

About Author
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork is an aviation historian and defence consultant. During his 36 years in the RAF he served as navigator, commanded a Buccaneer squadron and, before retiring in 1995, was appointed a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. His previous books include the companion volume about land-based rescues Shot Down and on the Run (2003), The Buccaneers (2002) and Men behind the Medals (1998); he has also written numerous articles on aviation history.
615063 
Price: 17.95 USD

 


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